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Practically Speaking Mom: Intentional Mom, Strong Family

Do you long to be a more intentional mom but you feel overwhelmed or weary or just don't have a clear path to the next step toward a successful family life? The Practically Speaking MOM, Val Harrison, is here to bring some order to the chaos and some focus to the confusion. You don’t have to be the perfect mom to have a strong family, you need a plan! Join author, speaker, mother of seven, and grandma of two, as she shares wisdom and encouragement about the six areas of an intentional mom's life. You'll learn from her years of experience, successes, mistakes and redemption. Val and her husband Rich, married 28 years, have three married children, two more in college, and two in her homeschool. This podcast covers all stages of parenting, from babies to toddlers to teens and beyond. Val wants to encourage you to not become weary in your work as an intentional mom, "Even with all its unique personalities, imperfections and scars; your family is God's masterpiece. Your efforts matter in this worthy journey of motherhood." Galations 6:9 says, "Do not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time you'll reap a harvest if you do not give up." Let's walk this marathon journey of motherhood TOGETHER, right here, every Monday on the Practically Speaking MOM podcast, the place for an intentional mom to build a strong family. 

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Season 5 Debut, Parents start now - Lessons on Love, Dating, Marriage #210
Season Five is here! Let's talk heart-to-heart! Now is the best time to share with your kids from your heart about love, dating, and marriage. Do you have your philosophies and principles figured out about these topics? I'm here to help! Your philosophy will impact the words you say, the jokes you make, and the guidance you give your kids years before they're even dating, so don't wait to figure it out! Let's talk about it TOGETHER!  Navigating the maze of romantic relationships can often feel like an untamed wilderness for parents, but fear not, we can take this adventure together!Join us, as we continue the journey as intentional parents building strong families TOGETHER!Here's links to earlier episodes about parenting principles regarding dating and marriage (episodes with ** were the ones that we shared clips in this episode):**#125 "Family Bonding Activity & Wisdom-giving about Love, Dating, and the Meaning of Marriage#97 Modesty, Pitfalls from the Purity Movement, and Treasuring Sexuality#96 Val & Abby Share Keys to Waiting with Grace, Part 2#95 Conversation with a Teen about Guarding Your Heart, Part 1**#72 Teach Your Kids the Truth about Love, Dating, and Marriage**#22 Moms Marathon Path, and Are We Going to Teach Our Kids that Sex is Sacred?Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
25:43 2/12/24
209 Siblings, Connection, and Family Bonding Activities
Need a parenting pick-me-up?  Join in an episode to encourage and equip intentional parents to build strong families. In episode 209 you'll find*More HELP for sibling issues*Emphasizing CONNECTION in the family*Family Bonding Activities Through BLESSING OthersWhether you're stepping into motherhood or have years of parenting under your belt, there’s something here for everyone. Join our growing community of intentional moms and strong families. Let's navigate this journey together.Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
19:54 11/20/23
208 Sibling Strife - Help for the Pestering Child & the Tattle Tale
If you have multiple children at your house, you probably have experienced one sibling intentionally irritating another sibling, maybe pestering them, causing them unhappiness on purpose, possibly even bullying. What do we do about this? We're going to talk about it today in episode 208, right here on the Practically Speaking Mom Podcast. It's the place for intentional moms to build a strong family. I'm Val Harrison, your mom friend for the journey. Ever felt overwhelmed when your kids come to you with stories of sibling irritations, and you're unsure of how to handle it? Buckle up, as we bring you an enlightening episode dedicated to handling sibling bullying and pestering. Find strategies to help the child who is doing the pestering, and strategies to help the one who is being pestered. Get to the heart of these sibling dynamics, helping you decode the stories your kids bring to you, without labeling them as tattlers.Our exploration doesn't stop there; we tap into the five Rs - reflection, regret, repentance, refinement, and restoration for your CHILD, powerful tools to help your children understand their actions toward their siblings. We put the spotlight on the kids who might be causing disharmony, identifying the root cause of their behavior to channel their energy positively and build better habits.Prepare for a power-packed journey of building stronger families.Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
23:15 11/13/23
207 Let's Get Real w/ Tiff and Val, Habits to Thrive
Ever wondered how to balance an organized home while raising kids? That's what we're chatting about this week with the delightful Tiffany Deschner, a mom of four who shares some helpful nuggets of wisdom with us about joy in the midst of housekeeping and enjoying quality time with her kids. "Let's Get Real w/ Tiff and Val" is an occasional series, this time it overlaps with our ongoing theme of Habits to Thrive - where everyday intentional moms share their habits to thrive with our listeners.In episode 207, we talk about the challenges of fostering productivity in our everyday life. Tiffany shares with us about 'blessing her future self' and her clever way of anchoring new habits into existing routines. She even lets us in on her strategy of using time tracking to handle her tasks efficiently. Sprinkled in this rich conversation is a thought-provoking discourse on the impact of social media on our lives, along with Tiffany's recommendation of Wendy Speake's 40-day social media fast for reclaiming control.Hear how Tiffany motivates her daughters to take ownership of their spaces and how her husband's organized nature serves as the perfect foil to her spontaneous spirit - a balance that keeps their home in harmony. Tune in and let's journey together.Want to hear more from Let's Get Real with Val & Tiff?  Listen to episodes 70, 71, 73.Want to hear more from the HABITS TO THRIVE series? Listen to episodes 192, 172.Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
38:17 11/6/23
206 "Don't Be Late!" Facing Weaknesses & Finding Strengths in Our Kids
Have you ever felt that sinking feeling when your child's weakness continues to cause issues for your child or for the family? I understand and have been there too! Take heart, mom friend, as those weaknesses may be important guides to our child's strengths. Yet, we still have to manage and finetune the weak spots. How do we do this all at the same time and in a way that doesn't squash your child's gifts?! We can do this TOGETHER! We can manage our child's weaknesses without trying to change their unique personalities. I'm Val Harrison, the Practically Speaking Mom, and I'll be sharing some of the strategies I've discovered, and I'm also going to share an embarrassing family memory in hopes that it helps you see that yours isn't the only imperfect family.  We are all beautifully flawed and, well, we might as well laugh about the mishaps! More so, I discuss how the habits we help our kids form today will shape their lives tomorrow and why a child's weaknesses can actually be a roadmap to their strengths.Together, let's explore the importance of identifying and managing our children's weaknesses in a way that allows their strength to emerge! Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
13:55 10/30/23
205 Resources for Growing Confidence
One Announcement, Two Lists, and the Next Confidence Manner...Imagine unlocking the treasure of good manners in your children and seeing them navigate the world with poise and confidence. This episode includes my favorite manners books and a character development chapter book. Some programs mentioned in this episode include: AmericanHeritageGirls.org, TrailLifeUSA.com, Meals on Wheels, CYIA, and Teen Pact, Speech and Debate Leagues, STOA USA and NCFCA, designed for homeschooling parents keen on teaching speech, debate, and apologetic skills. We wrap up by discussing the art of maintaining attention, and teach your kids to be like a carrot, not like jello!Some books I mentioned in this episode (they are not affiliate links):The Berenstain Bears Forget Their Manners: Stan Berenstain, Jan Berenstain: 9780394873336 - Christianbook.comPinocchio's Quest, Grade 5: Robert Rogland: 9781932971118 - Christianbook.comThe Children's Book of Virtues: William J. Bennett: 9780684813530 - Christianbook.comHappy Day Books, Level 1: A Child's Book Of Manners: 9781414394626 - Christianbook.comSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
17:14 10/23/23
204 Safe Haven: Parenting When News is Big
Ever felt a sense of unease discussing current events with your kids? Fear not, as we're here to help you create a safe haven at home while maintaining awareness of the world around us. Balancing knowledge of global events with the well-being of our children is paramount, and we draw on scripture to guide us through this journey. Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM, chose to push pause on the scheduled episode for this week to address how to handle an international conflict (currently the crisis in Israel) when we also want to protect our kids' delicate hearts and let them be young as long as possible. Discussing complex issues with kids can be daunting, but we're here to help. Here are links to the videos I recommended about the history of the crisis in Israel:https://www.prageru.com/video/the-middle-east-problem?fbclid=IwAR0hPEHGvAgVfrhT-PzkM4C7vRmdL9KQ_cVuXkGVS3TKmofGQoZSlZHIsTUWhy Isn't There a Palestinian State? | PragerUHere's a link to the Wallbuilders Podcast, that I recommend you listen to their podcast on Fridays when they do Good News Friday: Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
09:50 10/16/23
203 Simple Ways to Grow Communication Skills & Self-Assuredness in Kids & Teens: Confidence Series
What age should you begin equipping your kids with self-confidence habits?  Start now! Toddlers are not too young to begin developing habits that will help them be more confident. Have you ever wondered how to instill the habits of confidence in your kids from an early age? Did you know that when your kids display confidence that other people have more confidence in them - which means they get their messages across and achieve their goals more often? But how do we actually equip our kids with the right communication skills and confidence habits they need to enhance their life? Today in episode 203 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast, I share my personal strategies for raising self-assured kids! It's an episode full of SIMPLE techniques for every mom in the many stages of raising your kids and helping prepare them for life. I've got examples for you from what manners to practice with toddlers to conversations with teens on how to bring up difficult issues with someone. These are simple techniques to impact your kids' habits in how they treat one another, the messages they send through eye contact and posture.  We've got strategies for helping your kids to rise above timidity, there's so much here today so be sure to listen through to the end.  This is episode 4 in our Confident Kids/Confident Teens series. The first three episodes were discussions between me, Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM and three of my kids Abby, Andrew, and Emma. Those were #175, 201, and 202, you can find links in the shownotes.  Today is jam packed with practical help in what I did with my own seven kids BEFORE teaching them to step out of their comfort zone and become open to opportunities, along with sharing some of the skills I have taught to many students from my speech and communication classes from the past 20 plus years.Today is like a communication 101 guide that also introduces you to the many types of confidence from mental confidence to spiritual confidence to body confidence and more. We will also look at the significance of eye contact in how it plays a pivotal role in conveying value and attention during an interaction. Hop in and join us, as we explore the art of raising self-assured kids.Be sure to check out my book Gaining Momentum: Preparing Your Student for a Career With or Without College. It'Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
26:24 10/9/23
202 The Blessings of Nurturing Confidence in Our Kids/Teens
How important is it to make the most of opportunities to build confidence in your kids? Join me and my daughter Emma for a chat about confidence opportunities and the blessings that follow. We underscore the importance of stepping out of comfort zones to make a difference for others and yourself.  Isn't it interesting that saying "yes" to opportunities leads to more opportunities.  Such are the blessings of nurturing confidence in our kids and teens.Want more from the series Confident Kids/ Confident Teens?Listen to episode 175 with Abby Harrison and 201 with Andrew Harrison.Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
24:16 10/2/23
201 Confidence Series: Success for Teens & Young Adults w/ Andrew Harrison
I wish every parent plus children that are middle school or older would listen to this episode. It will nourish your soul first and then will give you practical action steps based on sound life principles. It will wrap up by challenging your spirit. There's lots of wisdom steps here, whether you need spiritual grounding, interview skills, time management help, or to be winning at life, this episode will not disappoint. Confidence is essential for all of us on the road to life success. Perhaps confidence comes from an unexpected place! Join me, Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM, and one of my grown sons, Andrew, as we talk about many aspects of success and the purpose of our striving. We touch on *How to grow in wisdom*Time Management Skills*Interview Skills*Networking Skills*Study Skills*Teacher and professor interaction skills*College scholarship or admissions interview skills*How to develop lasting confidenceBrace yourself for an enlightening conversation with Andrew Harrison and Val Harrison. Together, we uncover essential communication skills that can help teens and young adults (and really everyone) forge stronger relationships and interact effectively even in stressful settings. Andrew shares his wisdom on setting healthy boundaries daily and weekly, revealing how communing with God positively impacts all life facets. He also opens up about securing his internship, offering invaluable advice on study and interview techniques.In the second part of our dialogue, we enlighten you on preparing for interviews, placing a spotlight on understanding the values of the college or company you're keen on. Discover the benefits of researching your interviewer, their background, and leadership style. We close with a powerful exploration of recognizing your identity in Christ.  While success in life is important, we remind you that cultivating a relationship with God and serving His purpose holds the ultimate fulfillment. Dive into this enlightening discussion and find out how to instill confidence in your kids/teens to help them grow toward success habits.Want more from the Confident Kids & Teens series? Listen to episode 175 featuring Abby Harrison.Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
33:28 9/25/23
Keeping Intentional Priorities Plus 200th Episode including BLOOPERS
Do you wrestle with societal pressures of being Super Mom while learning how to balance time and priorities? Do you find it difficult to keep your priorities when life gets difficult? We talk about it this week in the 200th episode and four-year anniversary of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast. Val Harrison is joined by her husband, Rich. They've been married over 30 years and have seven children and four grandchildren. And is also joined by their youngest daughter, Emma to co-host this milestone episode!  If you listen to the very end you'll also hear the debut performance of grand little VIP Felicity!This might be a celebration episode, but it is still packed with wisdom for your busy and blessed mama heart, to help you and your family to thrive!We’ve come a long way in the last four years, reaching out to moms all over the world who all share the same goal - being intentional in partnering with God to strengthen their families. The celebration doesn’t end here! As we look forward to what lies ahead in the rest of season four and beyond, we’re inviting you, our cherished listeners, to join in. Get ready to participate in our special drawings! We will have one winner for every 10 entries up to six winners.  Celebration drawings end 8/29/2023!Two ways to enter: 1. Rate or review the podcastAND/OR2. Share the podcastThen let us know what you've done so we can enter you in the drawing. Let us know by looking for the 200th episode POST @PracticallySpeakingMOM on Instagram, Facebook, or in the Private Facebook group Intentional Mom Strong Family!If you have questions, DM val @PracticallySpeakingMOM on Instagram or Facebook.The most common places to rate & review podcasts is on Google, Apple, and Spotify.You can share the podcast by posting about it on your social media, sending a text or an email to moms you know who may need some encouragement or solid support in the worthy role of being mama to their God-made masterpiece family!If you don't know how to share, you could share the website in a post and it will take them to the podcast. Our website is www.PracticallySpeakingMOM.com.Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
21:46 9/18/23
199. Guest Angela Startz: Family Peace pt 2
Navigating the tumultuous waves of parenthood, especially during trying times such as a high-conflict marriage or divorce, often feels like a daunting voyage. We're joined this week by Angela, a beacon of empathy and wisdom from Hope Works Counseling, helping us chart our course with invaluable guidance. Angela stresses the importance of forging supportive anchors outside our children, reminding us to avoid burdening them with our adult struggles. She also underscores the significance of our words when talking about the other parent and the detrimental effect of negative speech. As we continue our journey, we learn that honoring our children's other parent is a critical aspect of their emotional well-being, irrespective of our personal sentiments or the status of our relationship. Angela lends her expertise on erecting healthy, Godly boundaries that are deeply rooted in love, serving as protective barriers for ourselves and our children against potential conflicts. Furthermore, she emphasizes the need for self-care as parents, equipping us to offer our children the requisite emotional support they require. With Angela's guidance, we aim to step up our parenting game by becoming more intentional and loving, thereby nurturing a healthier family dynamic.Helpful links from this episode:Called2Rise.comHopeworks CounselingCoparenting InternationalSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
21:14 9/7/23
198. Guest Angela Startz: Family Peace - Difficult Marriage or Divorce, Co-Parenting & More
Wouldn't it be nice if our life really was a fairy tale, and everything turned out the way we wanted it to? But life just isn't like that. Things get difficult and today we have a guest to help us with difficult. Join Angela and I for an encouraging chat on how to handle some of the most difficult circumstances in life.What happens when a passionate mental health coach, Angela Starts from Called2Rise, shares her insights on managing life's challenging circumstances? You get a treasure trove of relevant advice and transformative insights! Join Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM and her guest for a lively discussion on all sorts of topics regarding healthy family dynamics. Trauma, a difficult marriage, divorce, co-parenting, making the stepmom an ally, decisional forgiveness, how our bodies hold on to stress, and living in victory after difficulty are some of the topics explored. Parental alienation is also sifted under Angela's expert gaze.   We tackle strategies to identify and protect our children from this phenomenon and hear Angela's personal journey through trauma and divorce that's led her to her current ministry. This conversation is sure to motivate and inspire every parent. Listen in for these and more transformative insights that could be the key to a harmonious family life. So, buckle up and get ready for a fascinating exploration into the world of emotional health and family dynamics!If you're a mom aiming to build a strong family, our episode wraps up with an invitation to join our Intentional Mom Facebook Group. It's a supportive community where mothers like you navigate the journey of motherhood, together. We encourage one another in our worthy journey of motherhood, a divine appointment from our Creator, full of lots of challenges but also exceptional reward! Motherhood is messy and marvelous; let's navigate it together in the Intentional Mom Strong Family Facebook group!Helpful links from this episode:Called2Rise.comHopeworks CounselingCoparenting International Dr. Everett Worthington - ForgivenessSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
32:10 9/4/23
197. Four Simple Words
Discover the power of four simple words: See, Say, Sit, and Step; Val's fundamental formula to assist children in separating their identity from their emotions, and expressing these feelings in a healthier way. We'll also look into the significance of setting boundaries around emotions, a vital step in maintaining our overall wellbeing.HERE IS A PDF TO HELP YOU USE THESE FOUR SIMPLE WORDS WITH YOUR CHILD"S EMOTIONS - it's the story of SAM and how he handles his big emotions using four simple words.Further, we delve into the intricate process of managing emotions before acting, hear Val's 'I Am' statements designed to help manage emotions. This is the final episode in a series of four on Managing Emotions. Here are the first three:Episode 194: Raising Emotionally Wise Kids and TeensEpisode 195: Five Steps to Emotional WholenessEpisode 196: Balancing Emotions and Actions; and Facing Difficult ThingsSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
24:38 8/21/23
196. Mom/Daughter Talk on Balancing Emotions & Actions, & Facing Difficult Things
Share some laughs, vulnerable honesty, and getting to the heart of emotional issues in this mother/daughter conversation. Join Abby and me, as we embark on a heartfelt exploration of emotion management and the courage required to face tough situations.  We tackle the dangers of letting our emotions dictate our actions and offer guidance on maintaining control. EPISODES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODEEpisodes with Pam Swanson about the Blueprint of Every Heart 183, 184 "Mom & Teen Daughter Talk about Knowing Your Value, Leading Your Heart, & Navigating Relationships, Book Pick #3, Episode 156""Val & Abby Review Abby's #2 Book Pick, Episode 158""Help Middle School & Teen Girls to Grow  Before Guys, Walk in Purpose, Live as a Leader in this Mom/Daughter Conversation about Abby's #1 Book Pick for Girls, Episode 159" (159 is Abby's Top pick and the book she mentions this week - Lady in Waiting- It's a book about making the most of every season of life you are iSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
28:34 8/7/23
195. 5 Steps to Emotional Wholeness, Emotion Management for Parents & Kids
Who knew that the journey to emotional wholeness could start with a conversation between spouses? That’s exactly what happened for my husband and I, and it's a journey we've not only embarked on within our marriage and family life, but also as a teaching tool for others. In our second week on Raising Emotionally Wise Kids & Teens, let's examine our five-step approach to managing emotions, from identifying and evaluating them, to meeting the root needs, mending emotional wounds and finally, creating a plan for managing and fostering growth.CLICK HERE for a downloadable page of the five steps including questions to ask. There's nothing more challenging than recognizing unhealthy emotions and setting boundaries. That’s why we've dedicated an episode to the art of recognizing negative emotions, triggers of those emotions, mending the damage caused by our own actions or words, and creating a game plan for managing and fostering emotional growth. We even delve into a set of powerful questions that can help you on this journey, so don’t miss it!Thank you for joining us on the Practically Speaking Mom podcast as we continue nurturing emotional wholeness within ourselves, our relationships and our community.Want more on some of the topics mentioned in this episode? Here's some recommended episodes for more!Root Parenting Episodes 25 -268 Layers of Influence (Social/Relationship related episodes) 129-130Luke 2:52 Episode 14Pam Swanson Episodes 183-184Mental Health- Dealing with Lies We Tell Ourselves 16Self-Care episode 31Stress Management 43-45John Maxwell's book: Thinking for a ChangeSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
31:07 7/31/23
194. Raising Emotionally Wise Kids & Teens
OH Mama the emotions we deal with all day long!  Whether it is figuring out our newborn baby's cries, facing our toddlers tantrums, our middle schoolers wide range of feelings, or whether it is our own hormones and tiredness and stress which all generate some internal turmoil, emotions are a big part of parenting.  Today, we are going to talk about raising emotionally wise kids while we become emotionally wiser also!  Let's go!Today is a follow-up to last week's podcast. You're listening to episode 194. Last week, in 193, we listened in to a recording of me as the guest on the MOM MADE PLANS Podcast.  Toward the end of that episode, we heard me share a conversation that recently took place between my college daughter and me.  Let's listen again to that scenario and then we will unpack some principles about raising emotionally wise kids.  A phrase often heard these days is EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE.  To me, emotional intelligence really means that we have become wise about emotions - we have an appropriate awareness about the role of emotions in life.  We are honest with ourselves and others about the role that feelings play in life, while also having a game plan for growth and maintenance of those feelings.  Let's break it down.Are you or your kids a People Pleaser?  We talk about some characteristics to watch for or overcome. We talk about the importance of recognizing how our physical needs affect our emotions, how to respond to our emotions in a socially responsible way, and the power of introspection.At the end of today's episode, we look at a big pendulum swing that has taken place in our society since the 1950's. We went from being an emotionally unaware society to being a society that is driven by emotions.  What's a better balance and can we achieve it in our families?Next week, I will be joined by my son, Andrew, to discuss building confident kids. So, stay tuned for more insights into raising emotionally wise and confident children.Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
26:19 7/24/23
193. Val as guest on the Mom Made Plans podcast
Ever feel challenged as a parent, trying to understand and connect with your children who have vastly different personalities than you? Guess what, you're not alone! Last week we had Guest Julie Redmond on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast.  This week, I join her on her podcast while you all listen in! Join me, Val Harrison, The Practically Speaking MOM when I was a guest on Julie Redmond's show, Mom Made Plans Podcast.We're pushing the parenting discourse beyond the conventional, delving into root parenting as a technique to tackle the heart of any issue our kids might be facing. Using the treasure chest illustration, we highlight how to help our children recognize and celebrate their unique qualities. Not forgetting the power of empathy, we dig into the life-transforming impacts it has on our kids. The necessity of developing top-notch people skills, the understanding of different personalities in the home, and the art of equipping our children to handle emotional support are other vital topics we unpack.  All these and more, just a listen away when Val Harrison from the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast visited Julie Redmond from the Mom Made Plans podcast. Buckle up for a journey that promises to be enlightening, empowering, and above all, full of love.Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
41:27 7/16/23
192. Simplify for Busy Moms w/ Guest Julie Redmond, Habits to Thrive
Need some new momhacks to simplify life? This mom chat will help! Whether your struggle is overwhelm, a constant messy house, or never-ending negotiations with your kids, Guest Julie Redmond of the Mom Made Plans podcast has some fresh ideas for you. She  shares a game changer that has brought a sense of order to her household. Val & Julie chat about eliminating the stress of constant haggling and other momhacks to simplify life in episode 191, that goes with the occasional theme "Habits to Thrive." Discover the beauty of assigning specific times for tasks and the immense difference it can make to your stress levels. We also shed light on the significance of teaching our kids the principles behind what we ask them to do. We can teach our kids how to get things done in a way that isn't just issuing commands, but is also preparing our little ones to thrive in life. Julie also shares about consistency, SIMPLE meal planning, and the stress relief that comes with some basic scheduling tips. Julie shares how you can tune into her podcast and gain more insights. Julie says, "No schedule is going to work until you know how you work."  Don't forget to join our Intentional Mom, Strong Family private Facebook group and leave a review to help other moms discover us!Link to Julie's site- Mom Made PlansLink to Julie's podcastSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
35:48 7/10/23
191. Patriotism in an Imperfect Nation
Division seems to have grown in recent years about how to look at America's past and how to teach it to our children, How do we teach our children to honor our nation while also acknowledging complicated past flaws in a way that inspires the younger generation toward a brighter future? Intentional parenting requires facing complex issues, but we've got this! Val Harrison is joined by Andrew and Emma in this episode to help you see that it is possible to take an honest look at the pas, the present, AND have great hope for the future at the same time! Lyrics: Ragged Old Flag, by the late Johnny Cash and a prayer by the late Billy Graham.In our troubled times, the power of prayer is as significant as ever We conclude this week's episode reaffirming the divine strength that operates in our lives, a reminder relevant to families worldwide. So, come along, let's embark on this effort together of finding patriotism in an imperfect nation.Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
12:04 7/3/23
190. Kids Can Grow in Compassion, Courage, and Conviction from Learning about True Heroes,, Summer Enrichment
It's a mother & daughter talk - invite your kids to listen too!  Topics: The Joy of seeing your child find the Pursuits that makes them Come to Life!  Books and audiobooks about true heroes grows character in our kids.  Voice of the MartyrsAdventures in OdysseyExperiencing God Bible StudyJesus FreaksSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
28:19 6/26/23
189. GrowTime Before Screentime Checklist
Do you need a simple checklist for your kids of things to do before they can use electronics?  Summer can be fun and productive for our kids at the same time!  Let a CHECKLIST be their guide to being eligible for SCREEN TIME for the day instead of you feeling like you have to nag and harp and grouch at them to get them to do something productive with their days!    The beauty of a CHECKLIST – the kids follow it instead of mom needing to repeatedly ask them to do things or for mom to try to think of what she wishes the kids would do to be productive before they get on their screens. Two of my daughters join me on the podcast this week to help me share a SIMPLE PLAN for kids to keep themselves off of screen time until they’ve GROWN in some main areas of life EACH DAY!   Simple plans for ways your kids can engage their mind and body, be creative, build relationships, and make the most of their summertime, rather than spending all of their time on screens.Here's a link to an old blog post of mine that contains this week's GROWTIME before SCREENTIME Checklist https://www.practicallyspeakingmom.com/post/podcast-blog-growing-our-kids-even-in-a-pandemic-plus-mom-what-s-your-harriet-roadSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
21:05 6/19/23
188. Top 10 Summer Plans Away from Screens Pt 2
 Summer can be relaxing and developmental all at the same time, but it will require a little brainstorming and planning to fit both of those aspects into the limited 8-10 weeks we’ve got.I'm going to share my list with you and you can pick and choose the activities you think would work well at your house AND maybe it will help you think of activities that are JUST RIGHT for YOUR FAMILY!Don’t worry, these activities are not all parent-centered activities.  After all, our kids need time alone just as much as we adults crave time alone.  This post is about making the most of your child’s summer days.I would encourage you to pick out which of the following activities must be completed each day by your child before they get in front of a screen for leisure. Blog Post LinkSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
19:35 6/12/23
187. Top 10 Summer Plans Away from Screens; Part 1
Most of us parents want summer to be flexible and fun for our kids, yet we don’t want that to mean they have complete freedom for their brains to wither away in front of a screen all day. Click here to read the full BLOG POST related to this podcast, containing links to All that was discussed in this week's podcast. Abby & Emma join me on the podcast to share some ideas that are better than screen time! Suddenly the realization of having only 18 or less summers with our growing kids makes the summer days so much more valuable.  It’s time to be intentional. Yes, summer should be full of leisure, fun, and rejuvenation but what it should not be is wasted.  Summer can be relaxing and developmental all at the same time, but it will require a little brainstorming and planning to fit both of those aspects into the limited 8-10 weeks we’ve got.I'm going to share my list with you and you can pick and choose the activities you think would work well at your house AND maybe it will help you think of activities that are JUST RIGHT for YOUR FAMILY!Don’t worry, these activities are not all parent-centered activities.  After all, our kids need time alone just as much as we adults crave time alone.  This post is about making the most of your child’s summer days.I would encourage you to pick out which of the following activities must be completed each day by your child before they get in front of a screen for leisure. Chuck Black BooksLamplighter Theatre - books and audioDiana Waring:  History CD’s Focus on the Family Radio Theater, also find Adventures In OdysseyAwana Club Audio BooksYWAM Audio BiographiesSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
21:06 6/5/23
186. Family Communication OVERHAUL with Rich and Val
If your marriage or family is having trouble with healthy communication, this episode is here to help. We are vulnerable and transparent and have specific action steps to bring lasting change. Available on all the platforms or from my website PracticallySoeakingMOM.comWhat negative communication games are you playing in your family?  We had several that needed to END FOR GOOD at our house several years ago.  This is one of the most important changes we made for our family.  Your family can do this too!! Rich and I also talk about the dangers of self-preservation in relationships and what it looked like for us.Get Val's book Clash In Your HomeRead my blog post connected to this episode:* "Overcoming Negative Communication Habits" on my website www.PracticallySpeakingMOM.com.Quotes from Episode 23"The communication habits that are happening in your home today are going to impact the communication of all of your children’s relationships in their future." "As a parent, the condition of my heart determines the words I say & the tone with which I say things, which affects my relationships with my kids and affects literally the atmosphere of our home. We are the atmosphere setters in our family’s life... In our own strength we can maintain a good atmosphere for a little while but when my  heart is anemic for the spiritual nourishment I need from my Creator, Provider, Counselor, and Guide, I simply can’t keep up that positive atmosphere in my own strength for very long.  The atmosphere of our heart is dependent on filling from the Father."Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
18:55 5/29/23
185. What do I do when my chil d isn't following through or is apathetic?
I think every parent, from time to time, deals with a child/teen not following through with their responsibilities.  It can be frustrating.  What's at the root of the issue?  Let's explore some possible causes and solutions this week in episode 185 of the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast.  EPISODE 61 is a wonderful addition to this episode. It's called SMALL STEPS to BIG Growth.  It hits on a lot of practical help that I didn't have time to cover in this episode. RESOURCES MENTIONED:Val shares from page 58-59 of her book Wearing All Your Hats Without Wearing Out: Finding Focus to be the Masterpiece Family God Intended Click Here to look at the book         CLICK HERE to order the AUDIOBOOKThree values to consider when figuring out how to deal with a child that is not following through with their responsibilities.1. Value your own words as a parent so that your kids will value your words. Here's an episode on Getting Kids to Listen the First Time: Episode 52. Value family systems to increase peace and freedom. Here's an episode on how to add family systems one at a time: Overwhelmed? Reduce Chaos One System at a Time Episode 10 And along with having family systems, you want to learn how to hand off a chore effectively.  Here's an episode for that: Episode 2 Manager of the Monkeys Here's one on teaching your kids a solid work ethic: Episode 7: Work Ethic and the Habit of Happiness3. Value self-evaluation - teach your kids how to identify root causes in their behavior.  Here's some episodes on Root Parenting vs Surface Parenting, episode 25 Root Parenting, Digging Deeper Episode 26Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
22:37 5/22/23
184. Blueprint of Every Heart with Pam Swanson, Part 2
Wouldn't it be awesome if we could see our kids hearts on the inside? See what they need to function at their best to produce the fruit of good character in their lives and to have a strong relationship with God?  Did you know the Bible has a blueprint for this?  I grew up reading the Bible regularly and yet I completely was overlooking some really important elements to the Christian life. It is right there in scripture, but I just wasn't connecting the dots. My good friend Pam Swanson has connected the dots in a way that has been very lifechanging for me. She has made 15 free videos to help us understand God's blueprint for how our heart can function at its best. Her videos series is called You are a Living Temple.   I've actually watched each one about 4 or 5 times because I want to soak in all of the content until it becomes second nature for me.  As I have experienced so much insight from these videos, I began applying these concepts to parenting my children -helping them learn how to partner with God in shaping their character.  That's when I decided that Pam needed to come on the podcast and share some of these concepts with all of you, my dear intentional momfriendsClick here for Pam's guest blog postToday and next week  on the podcast,  for our parenting-focused podcast, Pam applies her information on how we are a living temple of God to parenting. We didn't design our kids and we don't know what is best. But God did. And he does know what is best.Here's some links to connect with Pam...Planbible Website:www.PlanBible.comLiving Temple video seriesPlanBible School:https://school.planbible.com/Study guide to go along with Pam's videos:https://school.planbible.com/p/my-downloadable-39768Connect with Pam in the Facebook Group: Abiding in the Vine Pam's videos on forgiveness (and other videos by Pam) HeartmathSupport the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
29:49 5/15/23
183. Parenting with the Blueprint of Every Heart, Guest Pam Swanson Part 1
Wouldn't it be awesome if we could see our kids hearts on the inside? See what they need to function at their best to produce the fruit of good character in their lives and to have a strong relationship with God?  Did you know the Bible has a blueprint for this?  I grew up reading the Bible regularly and yet I completely was overlooking some really important elements to the Christian life. It is right there in scripture, but I just wasn't connecting the dots. My good friend Pam Swanson has connected the dots in a way that has been very lifechanging for me. She has made 15 free videos to help us understand God's blueprint for how our heart can function at its best. Her videos series is called You are a Living Temple.   I've actually watched each one about 4 or 5 times because I want to soak in all of the content until it becomes second nature for me.  As I have experienced so much insight from these videos, I began applying these concepts to parenting my children -helping them learn how to partner with God in shaping their character.  That's when I decided that Pam needed to come on the podcast and share some of these concepts with all of you, my dear intentional momfriendsClick here for Pam's guest blog post Today and next week  on the podcast,  for our parenting-focused podcast, Pam applies her information on how we are a living temple of God to parenting. We didn't design our kids and we don't know what is best. But God did. And he does know what is best.Here's some links to connect with Pam... Planbible Website:www.PlanBible.comLiving Temple video seriesPlanBible School:https://school.planbible.com/Study guide to go along with Pam's videos:https://school.planbible.com/p/my-downloadable-39768Connect with Pam in the Facebook Group: Abiding in the Vine Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
27:17 5/8/23
182. Mom's Daily Replenishing
Weary Mama, I'm throwing you a lifeline in today's episode - sharing the way I have learned to daily replenish my heart and prepare for my day.  I also do this with my daughter most mornings. (All of my other children have grown up. I will cherish this time with my last child and want to equip her how to handle the daily rigors of life from a place of peace, right in the middle of God's hands. I want to welcome you to a different kind of practically speaking mam podcast this week. Today we are taking a slow pace - a peaceful, calm, rejuvenating pace.  My desire. is that at the end of this episode, you will feel like you know a better way to be replenished in your daily life,   This week also gives a little nod to a new series that I'll be introducing next week called "Rip Off the Blindfold" - I want to help you take off the blindfold that you may be wearing as you parent.  We don't have to parent in the dark.  Let's learn God's design for how our kids grow in character -that series begins next week. I introduce it this week.  In this introduction to both my daily replenishing and introduction to a new series that begins next week, I tell you about my good friend and theologian, Pam Swanson from  PlanBible.Com, who will be sharing such important and impactful content for two episodes beginning next week.  This week is really my introduction of these two upcoming episodes!Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
13:39 5/1/23
181. Dear Younger Me, with Guest Jyl Griffin, homeschool mom of five
"Dear Younger Me" is an occasional theme on the Practically Speaking MOM Podcast.  In this episode we feature Jyl Griffin - wife for 28 years and mom to five children, ages 25-11, with four biological and one adopted child.  Jyl was also an adopted child. She beautifully shares how her being adopted impacted how she has chosen for her child's adoption to function.Today's topics include:*What an open adoption looks like in their family*Things Jyl wishes she would have done differently in parenting if she could do it all over again*22 Lessons she would tell her younger self -Dear Younger Me  Jyl is also a homeschool mom so some of her 22 points are specific to homeschooling, but most of them will also  apply to all intentional moms.  CLICK HERE for the blog post from Jyl about the 22 things she would tell her younger self.Support the showVisit Val's website: PracticallySpeakingMOM.comJoin Val's Facebook Group Intentional Mom, Strong FamilyFollow Val on Instagram and her Facebook Public Page Practically Speaking MOM To give a set amount each month click here. A few dollars a month would help so much!Here's some other ways to give:Cash App: $valPSMPaypal: val@PracticallySpeakingMOM.comDonate with a credit card HEREAll donations will be used for the ministry. Gifts are not tax deductible. THANK YOU for partnering in this ministry to strengthen families and encourage intentional moms."May the Words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, oh Lord, my Roc...
29:31 4/24/23

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